John Malkovich is in final talks to join the zombie romance Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50). Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as an angsty zombie named R who strikes up a friendship with the human girlfriend of one of his victims and sets off a chain of events that eventually affects all of zombie society. On the surface, it sounds like a pretty typical supernatural love story, but I’ve heard very good things about the book, so I’ve got high hopes that it won’t just be another Twilight.

Teresa Palmer and Rob Corddry are also set to star, as the human love interest and another zombie undergoing an existential crisis, respectively. Malkovich will be playing the villainous “General Grigio, who’s obsessed with the destruction of the zombie threat.” Oh, and he’s also Julie’s father. How awkward. [Variety]

After the jump, Gwyneth Paltrow and Abigail Breslin sign on for two different sex comedies. Yes, that Abigail Breslin. Yes, we’re getting old.

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Well, I hope if an old girlfriend dropped the daughter I never knew I had in my lap, I could at least have the pleasure of discovering she was named after one of the best early songs by The Clash. Janie Jones is both a TIFF 2010 film and the name of the young woman — the daughter of which rocker Alessandro Nivola was unaware — played by Abigail Breslin in the film. The trailer for the Tribeca Films release is available below — the movie hits in late October — and you can have a look below. Read More »

Little known fact: casting never stops in Hollywood because movies constantly need actors. See? You learn something new everyday. Here’s one such update with five films that have all made major additions to their cast. After the jump read much more about:

  • Weeds star Mary Louise Parker joining the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D.
  • Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson all getting Straight A’s
  • Danny Trejo and M.C. Gainey heading to Haunted High
  • Abigail Breslin killing her mom as a Class Project
  • Michael Fassbender being offered the lead in Prisoners

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The first trailer has dropped for New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall‘s not-quite-sequel to his 2010 hit Valentine’s Day. If you’ve ever seen Valentine’s Day, you probably know what to expect: big-name celebrities, a bunch of disparate storylines, and people crowing about how goddamn magical the holiday in question is.

This time around, many mini-plotlines converge in New York City on the titular holiday, and the cast consists of Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Hector Elizondo, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Til Schweiger, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Alyssa Milano, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Ice Cube, Seth Meyers, John Stamos, Jon Bon Jovi, John Lithgow, Ludacris, and Ryan Seacrest. (Just in case you didn’t notice that that’s a lot of famous people, the trailer includes a shot of Heigl’s character exclaiming, “There’s going to be more celebrities here than rehab!”) Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Are you smart, a bit weird and in love with movies? Then Rango is the animated film for you. Hell, it wants to be you. This often delightful western re-teams director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp; for a treasure trove of anthropomorphized animal characters and animated eye candy that (gasp!) eschews the 3D fad for gold old-fashioned 2D. Rango‘s love of movies — and reliance on one classic in particular — may go a little overboard in the end, but I can hardly fault Gore Verbinski for making something that dares to be odd, and plays to the audience in his own head rather than a studio focus group. You won’t see an animated Hunter S. Thompson in a DreamWorks film. Read More »

Director Gary Ross knows, the studio knows, the author knows and the fans definitely know. Without an amazing actress in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, the film adaptation of the popular book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will be a failure. In the past, Ross has said Lionsgate wasn’t pressuring him to cast a movie star in the role and that the actress had to bring a “deep and fierce” truth to the role. With that in mind, two recent Oscar-nominees seem to both be in contention.

At the Oscars, True Grit star and Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld confirmed that she had met with Ross to discuss the role and now Lainey Gossip is reporting that another Oscar-nominee, Winter’s Bone and X-Men: First Class star Jennifer Lawrence, has already read for the role. Read more about each after the break. Read More »

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We’ll keep this one quick because, well, it’s another casting report about New Year’s Eve, the sorta-spinoff romcom from Valentine’s Day director Garry Marshall. The film already has Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, Halle Berry, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Bon Jovi, Seth Meyers, Til Schweiger and Sienna Miller set to appear.

Now The Wrap says that Josh Duhamel has signed on, but doesn’t specify his role. I know you’re on pins and needles. But wait! THR comes to the rescue, verifying that report and adding that he’ll be one of the leads, “a hopeless romantic who spends the day trying to get to New York in the hope of getting to a party in order to re-meet a mystery girl from the previous year.” Meanwhile Ice ‘Fuck tha Police’ Cube is in talks to play a NYPD cop who is working in some capacity with Hilary Swank’s character, the director of the Times Square celebration. And Ryan Seacrest has the best role of all: himself.

The multi-thread romcom New Year’s Eve (a sorta spin-off from last year’s Valentine’s Day) has quite the cast. So far Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Zac Efron, Lea Michele and more
are all set to get paid for doing a couple weeks of work on the film.

Now Jon Bon Jovi, SNL Weekend Updater Seth Meyers and Inglorious Basterd Til Schweiger are all signing on for a check, too. Read More »

Despite earning a nice little fanbase for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and forgetting to wear any clothes in The Informers, Amber Heard‘s closest thing to a break-out moment probably remains her bit part as the first zombie encountered by Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland.

Now she’ll appear as “a stalker student” in The Applicant, a thriller to be directed by Eric Bross. This is from Arclight Films, the same company (essentially) behind the sci-fi Shakespeare film Henry 5. The script, by Jeff Rothberg and Francis X McCarthy, is about “an underage prep school senior obsessed with admission to Yale who will stop at nothing to get her way, including seducing and ruining the life of an admissions director with connections to a top Yale professor.” Hopefully, by the time this is shot, we’ll have had a chance to see Amber Heard in The Rum Diary, opposite Johnny Depp; she’s also in Drive Angry and And Soon the Darkness. [Screen Daily]

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